|NFL Preseason Capsules|
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|Saturday, 23 August 2008 17:30|
The injury overshadowed a first-half quarterback duel between Brett Favre and Eli Manning that ended up being a penalty-filled snoozer.
The Giants said Umenyiora's left knee ``locked up'' with 10:48 left in the half on an incomplete pass by Favre on third down. He couldn't put any weight on the leg. X-rays were negative, but further examinations were planned Sunday.
Brett Ratliff threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Paul Raymond with 6:08 remaining to put the Jets ahead. Drew Coleman's interception of Andre' Woodson with 1:06 left sealed the victory.
Favre, in his second start since being acquired from Green Bay, finished 9-of-12 for 96 yards and had a pretty touchdown pass negated by a penalty. Manning was 10-of-17 for 113 yards, but had a scoring drive late in the second half short-circuited when he took a big sack on third down.
Lions 26, Browns 6
DETROIT (AP) - Brady Quinn was lackluster in his first NFL start and the depleted Browns were roughed up for the second time in a week.
The Lions' Kevin Smith overcame a sluggish start with a 35-yard touchdown run and backup kicker Dave Rayner improved his chances of finding a job with four field goals.
Quinn was 14-of-24 for 106 yards without a score, turnover or a pass longer than 16 yards, playing in place of the injured Derek Anderson.
The former Notre Dame star did not have much help, though, because receiver Braylon Edwards and running back Jamal Lewis were out with injuries and a banged-up defense didn't slow Detroit down much.
Detroit's Jon Kitna was 9-of-11 for 98 yards, looking sharp for the third straight game, and Roy Williams had three receptions for 61 yards.
Panthers 47, Redskins 3
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jason Taylor limped off the field with a worrisome knee injury and the Redskins quickly unraveled against the Panthers' 1-2 punch of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
The running backs combined to rush for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and Jake Delhomme threw for two scores.
Taylor, the six-time Pro Bowl pick, was injured when his right knee bent awkwardly as he got caught in the middle of the pile following Williams' 5-yard run midway through the second quarter.
The team called it a sprain and the defensive end, acquired from Miami last month, didn't return.
Washington gave up touchdowns on the next five possessions, including Stewart's 50-yard TD run and Williams' 60-yard scamper against a lunging, out-of-position and bewildered Washington first-team unit.
Delhomme, in his longest stint since reconstructive elbow surgery last year, was 11 of 19 for 159 yards. He overcame an early interception with a 24-yard touchdown throw to tight end Dante Rosario to give Carolina a 34-0 halftime lead.
Saints 13, Bengals 0
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Saints sacked Carson Palmer three times in the first half, knocking him out of the game with a bloody nose and a cut lip.
The Bengals couldn't move the ball or protect their franchise quarterback in the first half. Palmer left the game when Kevin Kaesviharn got to him on a third-down safety blitz with 2 seconds left before halftime.
With Pro Bowl receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh sidelined by injuries and two of their backups out as well, Palmer had nowhere to go with his passes other than the running backs and tight ends. That made it easy pickings for the Saints, who are trying to sort out their troubled secondary.
Cornerback Mike McKenzie made his first appearance since he tore a knee ligament last December, starting on one side. Second-round draft pick Tracy Porter started at the other cornerback spot, one week after he was repeatedly burned for long passes.
Neither one had much difficulty against a gutted offense that crossed midfield just once - and, then, by only 1 yard - on six possessions in the first half. The Bengals managed all of 94 yards in the half and never advanced farther than the Saints' 47-yard line during the game.
Dolphins 24, Chiefs 0
MIAMI (AP) - Ted Ginn Jr. had a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown and caught three passes for the Dolphins.
The speedy Ginn, taken No. 9 overall in the 2007 draft, is finally displaying the go-to skills of a top NFL receiver. He finished with 29 yards receiving in his third solid performance of the preseason, getting a big boost with the arrival of quarterback Chad Pennington.
Pennington threw for 94 yards on 11-for-15 passing, including a 17-yard throw to Anthony Fasano that put the Dolphins ahead 17-0 at the half. Pennington, cut by the New York Jets barely two weeks ago to make room for Brett Favre, has had a smooth transition to Miami.
Brodie Croyle threw an interception, and his fumble at the Chiefs 23-yard line set up a Miami touchdown. Croyle finished 12-for-21 for 110 yards and failed to lead a scoring drive.
Jaguars 23, Buccaneers 17
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia was intercepted twice, but threw a second-quarter touchdown pass before departing .
Garcia, whose future with the Bucs was in question this summer while the team pursued a possible trade for Brett Favre, missed most of training camp because of a strained right calf that also sidelined him for Tampa Bay's first two preseason games.
Garcia completed 11 of 18 passes for 79 yards, including a 10-yard TD throw to Michael Clayton on his final play. But he also was intercepted twice by safety Reggie Nelson - once in the end zone - and the Bucs turned the ball over on three of the five possessions he was in the game.
Jacksonville's starters played into the third quarter, and David Garrard finished his night with a 4-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewis for a 17-7 lead. He also threw an 8-yarder to Dennis Northcutt after Nelson's first interception.
Steelers 12, Vikings 10
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Vikings kept the pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, surrounded Willie Parker and held Pittsburgh's starting offense to three points Saturday before the Steelers rallied after halftime.
Jeff Reed kicked four field goals, the last a 37-yarder with 4 seconds left.
Minnesota held out quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (knee) and receivers Bernard Berrian (toe) and Sidney Rice (illness), giving Gus Frerotte more than 2 1/2 quarters to run the show in the third preseason game - viewed by coaches as the most important.
Parker was limited to 18 yards on 10 carries.
Roethlisberger completed 10 of 17 passes for 65 yards, mostly to tight end Heath Miller. Frerotte finished 13-for-19 for 133 yards and one interception.
Rams 24, Ravens 10
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Even with newly signed Steven Jackson just a spectator, the Rams first-string offense ended its long slump with two touchdowns.
Troy Smith's illness forced the Ravens to put their quarterback derby on hold.
Marc Bulger's 4-yard pass to rookie Keenan Burton with six minutes to go in the second quarter gave the Rams' starters their first score in three preseasons under coach Scott Linehan.
Bulger directed another 91-yard drive at the end of the half, leaning on Burton and fellow rookie Donnie Avery before third-string running back Travis Minor's 1-yard catch with 27 seconds to go.
Smith, the former Heisman Trophy winner who's battling incumbent Kyle Boller for the Ravens' quarterback spot, missed a scheduled start and a chance to seize the job because of a viral illness, spending the game at the team hotel. Smith had been set to play as long as three quarters.
Instead, third-stringer Joe Flacco, the Ravens' first-round pick this year, played the entire game and failed to generate much until the second half while going 18-for-37 for 152 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.